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by ludi
Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1319
Views: 38264

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Just when you thought US telecoms had only one mode -- evil -- an email arrives from Comcast saying that your 25mbps connection has been upgraded to 55mbps at no charge. Not sure what drove that change, since Denver has never been on Google's radar and Verizon has said nothing about FIOS, but a quic...
by ludi
Fri Jun 23, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an E®A
Replies: 24
Views: 833

Re: End of an E®A

Edit: About the same time that Best Buy was attempting to turn themselves around, the TigerDirect store started stocking blenders, toasters, coffeemakers, and other small appliances (but nothing big like refrigerators or stoves). I guess they were trying a half-hearted version of Best Buy's strateg...
by ludi
Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1319
Views: 38264

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

http://www.9news.com/news/nation-world/home-depot-menards-face-lawsuits-over-lumber-size-description/451196847 I hope the judge that hears this knows his way around a hammer and nails. I could go for a split outcome where the judge awards the plaintiff one unfinished 4x4 from the defendants, while ...
by ludi
Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1319
Views: 38264

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the laywers."
-Shakespeare, Henry VI

http://www.9news.com/news/nation-world/ ... /451196847
by ludi
Wed Jun 21, 2017 12:39 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New HTPC build in a Fractal Nano S - ultra-quiet
Replies: 36
Views: 2051

Re: New HTPC build in a Fractal Nano S - ultra-quiet

Progress continues. I recently inherited $50 from my alma mater (an unrefunded residence hall deposit that was discovered by audit this year...regrettably, without the 17 years of interest), which helps. Upon multiple recommendations for the Kaby Lake-based G4560, I have ordered one. The i3-7100 was...
by ludi
Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1319
Views: 38264

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

It's always a fun day when someone leaves a thick yellow leg cheese paste on a toilet that dries up and preserves a perfect imprint of their butt crack. edit, just incase because a lot of you that live in certain types of situations might have no clue what i'm talking about. If you spend enough tim...
by ludi
Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an E®A
Replies: 24
Views: 833

Re: End of an E®A

Still a couple stores going out of business near me. I worked part-time at a franchise store for a couple summers at the end of the 90s. Even way back then, while still selling computers through an arrangement with Compaq, the company was transitioning heavily to the cell phones and cell phone acces...
by ludi
Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New HTPC build in a Fractal Nano S - ultra-quiet
Replies: 36
Views: 2051

Re: New HTPC build in a Fractal Nano S - ultra-quiet

Any thoughts on the i3-6100 (Skylake) versus the i3-7100 (Kaby Lake)? Between sale and/or bundle discounts at Newegg, Microcenter, and Amazon I'm looking at a fairly similar cost for either one when paired with an H110 mITX board. Intel lists the same 51W TDP for either.
by ludi
Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 763
Views: 48990

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Apparently this is the week in which anything with the word "start" in its description, doesn't. First it was the car refusing to turn over intermittently, then the button on the clothes washer quit responding. No obvious cause turned up in either device, but after a couple hours of cleani...
by ludi
Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: How to diagnose a roaming AP problem?
Replies: 4
Views: 258

Re: How to diagnose a roaming AP problem?

Just found a thread elsewhere with a similar problem, and some suggestions/cautions. InSSIDer is no longer viable because the developer has gone full commercial with prices to match, but some of the other possibilities look doable.
by ludi
Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 1319
Views: 38264

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Captain Ned wrote:
And Amazon is buying Whole Paycheck, er, Whole Foods for $13.7 billion.

http://cbsaustin.com/news/nation-world/ ... -137b-deal

I wonder if they'll get a dirty look at the checkout for not having brought reusable hemp grocery bags and the latest Lulumon fashion accessories.
by ludi
Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: 5 Bad GPUs?
Replies: 6
Views: 540

Re: 5 Bad GPUs?

If the card was defective enough that someone decided it was worth the inconvenience of raising an RMA, removing the card, packaging and shipping the damn thing back and then being without the card for some period, chances are good that it's screwed. It's usually a three-way tie between whether the...
by ludi
Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Theranos
Replies: 167
Views: 17564

Re: Theranos

I was surprised there was no story here on Mayer. Talk about the classic golden parachute. Except Mayer's was diamonds and platinum. With unobtainium laces. She's never going to have to work again, although I suspect she's going to become a hero figure to some years from now when the memory of her ...
by ludi
Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: 3.5" HDD enclosure AC/DC adapters make me uneasy
Replies: 11
Views: 482

Re: 3.5" HDD enclosure AC/DC adapters make me uneasy

meerkt wrote:
Also read this, or this.

Now THOSE are good write-ups. Full disassembly, design analysis, scope time, the whole bit.
by ludi
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: A crazy idea?
Replies: 42
Views: 950

Re: A crazy idea?

If this is your wheelhouse, I don't see why you need to limit yourself to PC components either. Could try your hand at audio equipment/speakers, or mobile devices/accessories (a bit of competition here though). Been there and done that. If your time is free and the required parts are cheap, you can...
by ludi
Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: A crazy idea?
Replies: 42
Views: 950

Re: A crazy idea?

Going back to my original question, how much could I charge for something I restored to a perfectly working order? Is this just a can of worms if it keeps breaking and customers keep returning their broken objects that I fixed? You would have to sell as "used" or "refurbished" a...
by ludi
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency
Replies: 94
Views: 2450

Re: Tell me about the new Crypto-Currency

and you're willing to risk shortening the life of your video card due to additional wear and tear Is there any evidence that "mining" physically damages the video card? I agree it would make sense, but I'm wondering if there's any actual evidence. I can't point to anybody's study, and giv...
by ludi
Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: A crazy idea?
Replies: 42
Views: 950

Re: A crazy idea?

Or just use polymers whenever possible, too... My original point was that I already have a stockpile of capacitors, many of them non-polymer. Same. Every now and then I use a few to repair an old motherboard or, more recently, the power supply boards in LCD monitors. The shortened life of the re-us...
by ludi
Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: did my pc just fried or what?
Replies: 6
Views: 548

Re: did my pc just fried or what?

Can you start the computer from a Windows 10 CD or USB drive? Assuming either a faulty internal drive or at least damaged startup files, the unit may be looking for a device it can start from, and then stalling when it doesn't find anything.
by ludi
Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:41 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Yet another reason to "browse" from a Linux VM..
Replies: 35
Views: 1254

Re: Yet another reason to "browse" from a Linux VM..

I'm kind of curious to know more about this strange alternate dimension where the locals don't use PowerPoint. Corporations love it, academia loves it, governments love it, and the military *really* loves it. What am I overlooking here? I was going to say. I mean, I don't use it often, but it's sti...
by ludi
Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: How to diagnose a roaming AP problem?
Replies: 4
Views: 258

Re: How to diagnose a roaming AP problem?

This could be hard to do. Since you already suspect the unit in question, I'd do this: Set up a unique SSID that only exists on that AP, set up for Public Internet access. Then set your testing device to use that network and see if it drops. Nice idea, but I should have mentioned that I don't have ...
by ludi
Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: How to diagnose a roaming AP problem?
Replies: 4
Views: 258

How to diagnose a roaming AP problem?

I'm trying to diagnose an intermittent problem with the guest network at the office. There are three Asus APs sharing the same AP name and password, but periodically one of them crashes. If my laptop or phone roams over to it, I still have a WiFi connection but no Internet access. I'm pretty sure I'...
by ludi
Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 763
Views: 48990

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

In an exact opposite experience of what SuperSpy just endured, the camera lens cover on a Nexus 5X turns out to be very easy. Less than five minutes using a very sharp hobby knife, a $3 kit from eBay, and a gentle touch.
by ludi
Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Speakers in Monitors
Replies: 24
Views: 1477

Re: Speakers in Monitors

On the flipside, putting cheap $5 speakers on a >$500 display is just crass. It tells me the manufacturer doesn't understand the target audience nor even understand the product they are selling, which in turn makes me question what else about the product spec choices they got wrong or cheapened out...
by ludi
Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?
Replies: 43
Views: 1238

Re: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?

I'd highly recommend the CyberPower as I won't touch APC with a 5-foot stick anymore. The original batts just don't last even close to as long. I bought that exact model UPS in 2012 and it's still on the original batts, and they even have a good hold up time during power loss. Wasn't paying attenti...
by ludi
Sat Jun 10, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: New HTPC build in a Fractal Nano S - ultra-quiet
Replies: 36
Views: 2051

Re: New HTPC build in a Fractal Nano S - ultra-quiet

Check out the EVGA B3 line. They are full modular and have semi-passive fan operation. If you're only powering that Pentium or an i3, the fan probably won't ever spin. I know my EVGA 550 G2 fan doesn't turn on during light gaming (when my RX480 doesn't have to hit max clocks). I went ahead and orde...
by ludi
Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 763
Views: 48990

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

An induction cooker...specifically, a slightly older version of this , in-use at the locally-owned deli where my wife works part time. Electrically speaking it's an alright design, the problem is all the cheap plastic inside. It was purely a labor of love to rebuild and reinforce the plastic interna...
by ludi
Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*
Replies: 71
Views: 2359

Re: SanDisk Cruzer Edge is *horrible*

Also, I wanted to mention that a couple times I have noticed that Amazon does its math wrong in determining the average number of stars, so you may have to check that if the average does not seem to jibe with the reviews. For a recent purchase, when I added the fractional contribution from each num...
by ludi
Fri Jun 09, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?
Replies: 43
Views: 1238

Re: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?

I'm living in an older part of the city, where most of the homes were built in the late 40s/early 50s, so a weak service branch wouldn't surprise me. Most of the electronics/computers in the house are plugged into APC surge protectors, which iirc have built in filtering. Is that not enough? They mi...
by ludi
Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?
Replies: 43
Views: 1238

Re: Power sags can't hurt electronics right?

Speaking from experience gleaned on the day job: if you're getting voltage flicker (but not a complete loss of power) during storms I would be concerned about the power quality coming in, in general. It likely means you're on a fairly weak service branch with a lot of overhead lines between yourself...